1748 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Glocester Ridley

Thomas Gray to Horace Walpole, 1748; Works, ed. Gosse (1895) 2:221.



What shall I say to Mr. Lowth, Mr. Ridley, Mr. Rolle, the Reverend Mr. Brown, Seward, etc [contributors to Dodsley's Collection of Poems]? If I say Messieurs! this is not the thing; write prose, write sermons, write nothing at all; they will disdain me and my advice.